Glories to Balance Out the Muck

Archived | April 12, 2014 | By

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. How could it be? Spring arrived sometime that day, with sun and light, and the scent of grass on the wind. Combine that with the music on the show and some baked salmon, and it’s an evening of the highest quality. Banjo music would have been nice, but I think of banjos as summer instruments, so we’ll be patient and stop jumpin’ the gun.
I’m not a fan of spring, I’ll admit. When you live in a place with four seasons as I do, and sometimes a fifth if the wind blows for more than a week between summer and autumn, you’re bound to have a favorite. Spring is not mine. I would place it last, in fact. I’m not a mud person, nor am I interested in garter snakes in my basement, and how suddenly there are centipedes in my laundry room, and ants scurrying all the heck over the house. I can roll on the lawn any other time of year but spring; it’s all matted and brown and squishy. And the smell of worms. And…okay. I’ll shut my piehole.
Like everything, there are glories to balance out the muck. Birds. Children blowing bubbles. Open windows. The sound of chimes, and the hint of green, and blossoms. Anticipation of summer’s long heated days, and quiet, humming nights. Yes. Glories. I’m noticing people are smiling more, much more, and pleasant, and wanting conversations on street corners, and waving as they go by. And instead of a snowstorm this weekend, there will be thunder, and I can’t wait.
When I was growing up, there was a plaque in our bathroom I read every time I sat down. The words were, “Let the rainclouds gather; let it storm awhile. What care I? If I may have the sunshine of your smile.” I think of that quote when I hear a storm is coming. There’s a sweetness to it, and it’s true. A thunderstorm when you’re home with someone you love is one of the best things. Especially if there’s a homemade chicken potpie in the oven. Which there will be, when the storm comes, if I can get my act together.
These bars are somethin’ else. Take care making them, and cutting them, and with whom you share them. Because the people with whom you share them will be back for more.
Maple Nut Goodie Bars
6 oz chocolate chips
6 oz butterscotch chips
1 cup peanut butter
Melt in top of double boiler and pour half of this mixture into lightly greased 9×13 inch pan. Set in refrigerator.
½ cup butter
¼ cup milk
2 T regular dry vanilla pudding mix (not instant)
3 cups powdered sugar
¼ tsp maple flavoring
Beat butter, milk, pudding mix, sugar and flavoring until smooth and spread over first chocolate layer.
Combine 1 cup salted peanuts with chocolate remaining in double boiler. Spread on top of other two layers. Refrigerate and cut into small bars.